05 February 2018
| Natalie Bannerman
Telecommunication Company of Iran (TCI) has entered into two agreements with Shatel and HiWeb, the local internet service providers, to share its networks with them
In July 2017, Iran’s Communication Regulatory
Authority (CRA) ordered TCI to share its infrastructure with
private companies through its initative called the 'Wholesale
Commenting on the decision by the CRA, Hussein Fallah, CRA
director, explained: "The July regulation is aimed at boosting
competitiveness in the market and enabling local firms to use
the telecom infrastructure to the full extent."
He went on to add that the TCI’s fibre-optic
network will be shared with fixed communication provider permit
holders and get rid of the state-owned company’s
monopoly over the sector. "This can and must increase the
quality of services," continued Fallah.
According to the Financial Tribune, Majid Sadri,
TCI’s CEO said: "In order to comply with the
ombudsman’s July directive, TCI has developed a
system for sharing its network with private entities."
Bitstream access enables telcos to install a high-speed
access link to customers’ premises and makes this
link available to third parties, enabling them to provide
high-speed services to its customers.
"A deal has been signed with Shatel and Hiweb," added Sadri.
"TCI is open to collaboration with all fixed communication
service providers (FCPs)."
AsiaTech, Pars Online, Saba Net, Psihgaman, Helma Gostar and
Afra Net, are all said to be considering signing similar
agreements with TCI, says the Financial Tribune.
TCI has a monopoly in landline telecom infrastructure in
Iran, as it has laid fibre-optic cables in several areas in
Tehran and other major cities replacing copper cables. And
while public funds were used to build and modernise these
networks, TCI prevented private ISPs to sell services through
the newly laid fibre cables.
In addition, TCI has often come under scrutiny from its
customers due to the poor quality of its services, which its
users would rather buy from private firms.
With over 30 million landline subscribers and 4.8 million
Internet subscribers, it its hoped that the news marks a change
in the telco landscape in Iran.
Telecommunication Company of Iran,